1814- The Impact of Sweden on Norway’s Economy

(Both this and the previous post are from Nils Johan Jorgen’s Northern Lights, chapter 3)

While the political impacts of Norway’s transfer to Sweden have been previously covered, and the later cultural impacts have as well, one topic that I have yet to cover would be the Norwegian economy.

To put things quite simply, Norway’s economy was in a horrible situation. Many of the nation’s “Trading Houses” (I couldn’t find a solid definition, but it seems to have been a building where trading occurred, as opposed to an organization like a guild) were forced to close due to high tariffs and the lower prices of Norway’s native industries. Forthermore, around 80% of the employed population was in agriculture, which had yet to integrate into the international market.

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